I dug out my old ( 1973/74) EV RE20 this past weekend to record a drum kit with; in particular, using the RE on the kick; I guess I'd forgotten how great those old EV's sound on kick drum. It was pretty much "instant tone". I think they're a wonderful ( variable D) dynamic mic to have, and a cool workhorse mic to have around the studio, because they can be used on all kinds of sources... very popular with radio broadcasters, it became my favorite kick drum mic over 30 years ago, ( IMO the AKG D112 doesn't hold a candle to the RE) and it's still my favorite choice. Besides kick drum, I've used it on guitar amps, bass amps, horn sections, and even on vocals from time to time, all with very pleasing results. I was doing a session last year at a client's home studio, and he had a newer EV PL20, which came several years after the RE; and while I thought it sounded good, I didn't think that it had the same "vibe" as the RE does. Call me crazy, it's entirely possible that I'm wrong about that, but I think the RE20 has a tighter low end, and more pronounced upper mids - but not at all in a harsh way. And, I love that the mic handles proximity effect in a way that very few dynamic mics do. The RE sounds really good on vocals, a nice "smooth" mic for vocals, with that very pleasing "edge" - but it seems to sound that way regardless of whether the singer is 2" away, or 8" away. Anyway, just thought I'd share.